By: Katelyn Merrell
On Friday September 24, the Tillers’ varsity football team set out to defeat the Beckman Patriots in their annual cross town rivalry game. Last year, the Patriots took the win with a last minute field goal to put them up 20-17. But this year, the Tillers were out for vengeance. They not only beat the Patriots; they beat them soundly, 46-10.
The first score of the game came midway through the first quarter when Jonathan Dimaio (#11) caught a 46 yard touchdown pass from Sagel Simon (#7) to put the Tillers up 7-0. However, two minutes later the Patriots struck back running it into the end zone to tie the game 7-7.
The second quarter, nothing short of eventful, began with Deon Faaseu (#4) with an incredible catch down field to give the Tillers excellent field position, followed by Simon (#3) with the QB keep to give the Tillers the lead again, 14-7. Beckman retaliated with a 31 yard field goal from Jeremiah Carvalho, however their momentum didn’t last long. Devon Anderson (#5), who had 175 yards on 10 carries that night, ran the ball for a 67 yard touchdown to end the first half Tillers 21, Patriots 10.
At the beginning of second half it looked like the game was going to be close with Beckman in scoring position. But, the Tillers defense struck forcing the Patriots to fumble the ball on the 1 yard line. Tustin’s defense caused havoc for quarter back Dean Nagle all night forcing him to make plenty of mistakes, going 12 for 23 for 136 yards and only 1 touch down. Once the Tillers recovered the ball it didn’t take long for their all-star offense to strike next, with Tyler Noble (#9) dusting the Beckman defense for an 85 yard touchdown. Not too long after, Tustin’s Anderson (#5) scored an incredible 75 yard touchdown to put the Tillers up 33-10.
In the fourth quarter, Tustin continued to stretch their lead with a touchdown run from sophomore, KC Karr (#3), and another unbelievable 75 yard catch by senior, Dimaio (#11), who had an exceptional night.
Despite the Tillers getting no breaks from the referees, as they were whistled for 10 penalties for 95 yards, and Beckman only one penalty for 10 yards, the Tillers still managed to rack up over 500 yards in total offense and won going away.